Cottage Charm in Nantucket


The lovely White Elephant.

The lovely White Elephant.

After a leisurely made-to-order breakfast with our Saturday Night Live buddies, we strolled around the lovely Edgartown Cemetery.  The cemetery is an expansive full block in size and is the final resting place of many sea captains, their families and descendents from the mid-1800s until today.  We also discovered the newly completed firehouse museum, with early engines and memorabilia on display.  We had a nice chat with the retired firefighter who first launched the historic project years ago.

Then, on to the HyLine Ferry for a 70 minute ride to Nantucket.

Fog and the threat of rain dominated our trip across the sound, but once in Nantucket we managed to escape most of the inclement weather.  We were met at the ferry landing by a driver from The White Elephant Hotel, where we reserved one of the cute, luxurious cottages.  The White Elephant is a wonderful property; who wouldn’t be happy when greeted with a box of incredible chocolates?  Once settled, we headed out to explore and started in the center of town with an interesting Gallery Tour at the Whaling Museum.  I loved the intricate pie crust tools carved by the whalers – they were amazing and something I had never seen of, or heard about, before.

Throughout the center of town, we continued our explorations, eventually ending up at the Nantucket Lobster Trap for some PEI oysters, lobsters and calamari.  It was a fun setting (we sat on the patio), and were surprised to hear some very entertaining live blue grass/country music performed by some moonlighting local school teachers.  We left in a growing mist and made a pit shop at the Juice Bar, a local ice cream hot spot, to share some chocolate chip and Almond Joy ice cream.

Back at the White Elephant, we had a yummy cupcake (3!) treat waiting in our cottage (in delayed honor of my husband’s birthday).  Why are we still eating ????????

About half of the Sperm Whale skeleton at the Whaling Museum.

About half of the Sperm Whale skeleton at the Whaling Museum.

5 Comments on “Cottage Charm in Nantucket

  1. Oh Karen…we used to stay at the White Elephant when I was a young girl growing up in Connecticut…My Mom & Dad were big boaters and we would take our boat there…it is such a charming spot…Hope you & Fred enjoy the rest of your trip! KB2

  2. Sounds so perfect! We went to Nantucket when we were visiting Wendi. You did far more,however. Great ideas for our next visit.

  3. Beautiful and charming!! Have a wonderful time. Belated Happy Birthday to Fred!! Bette

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